Participants at a Seattle Arts Leadership Team meeting
Participants at a Seattle Arts Leadership Team meeting

Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)

The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.

Elisheba Johnson
Project Manager
(206) 684-0182
Upcoming Events
SALT Book Club: Just Mercy

April 25, 2018, 6 - 7:30pm

Cover of Bryan Stevenson's "Just Mercy" and a photo of Aaron Counts

Our next SALT Book Club brings poet and teaching artist Aaron Counts to facilitate a discussion around Bryan Stevenson's acclaimed book Just Mercy. ARTS has four copies of Just Mercy available for loan. Email Perri Rhoden at to reserve a copy.

About Just Mercy

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship-and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

About the Facilitator

Aaron Counts is the Lead Engagement Artist with the Creative Justice, which uses art as a vehicle to reimagine the concept of justice and keep youth out of jail. He is the author of the poetry collection, Strange-Tongued Names, and co-author of the non-fiction text Reclaiming Black Manhood. In both his own writing and his work as a teaching artist and social justice educator, he is dedicated to uplifting the voices of marginalized communities. Aaron is an artist-in-residence with the Writers-in-the-Schools program and the founding mentor of Seattle's Youth Poet Laureate program. He lives and works in Seattle's Central District and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

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Art Law webinar series
Copyright Today: What’s New & Does it Still Matter

Partnering with Cinnamon Stephens, J.D. the Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) hosted its first art law webinar focusing on copyright, an important and widely misunderstood area of law. With guest lecturer Cinnamon Stephens, a lawyer who concentrates her practice on art and related intellectual property law, the webinar will offer information on basic, relevant legal principles and provide attendees with models and frameworks to build on in everyday interactions.

Our programs centering racial equity and social justice began in 2004 when the City also adopted the first ever Race and Social Justice Initiative. In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), ARTS has increased our resources and commitment to applying a racial equity lens to our work . From commissioning racial equity trainings (White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo and Centering People of Color in the Racial Equity Movement by Carmen Morgan), equitable access to arts education in public schools (The Creative Advantage), a shared staff position with OCR, focus groups specifically for artists of color (Artists Up), to a learning co-hort for arts organizations to expand their own understanding and commitment to racial equity (Turning Commitment into Action). We have consistently sought to increase our capacity and that of our community. Creating a racial equity statement is a result of this work and provides a path into our future; holding our office and our field accountable to our community.

The Seattle Arts Commission emphatically shares the Office of Arts & Culture's Commitment to Racial Equity. As an advisory body grounded in our common pledge to fostering racial and social justice, we leverage our collective strength and breadth of knowledge to advocate for racial equity in arts policy, programming and funding. We do this work by centering communities of color in our united effort with the City to help build a just and liberated society for all.


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